Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Getting in Shape - the Never Ending Saga

I am not the first to blog about her weight management expeditions, but this will be a first for me. I decided that documenting daily might help me to be more accountable. Yesterday, I set up Amazon Instant Video on the TV in the playroom, and downloaded Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Today was day 1, Season 1. I haven’t quite figured the program. I don’t mean her system which is basically circuit training, but rather the Amazon thing. I hope tomorrow I just press resume and it will be episode 2. We shall see.

Anyway, so far, I like the plan. She does a mix of strength, cardio and abs. Realistically, each day is only 20 minutes. I can do that! I have never done much strength training so if I have any trouble, I would say that is it. My arms are a bit jittery. You would think I didn’t tote around a 21 lb child every day. I like not having to leave the house, but waking up at 6am, UGH! When you have kids, those last moments in bed are precious. Somehow, sleeping just doesn’t seem to tone the body though. I guess I have to get to bed earlier.

On Monday, I plan to start a new Advocare 24 Day Challenge. It is time to get back on track with my eating, as well. I am excited to have a friend joining the Challenge with me this time. I think it will be good to know someone else working it at the same time. I started to set up a spreadsheet for myself this morning. The examples I was given work, but needed a few tweaks. Once I have it set, I can share with others. Wish me luck!

OK, Day 2 – From what I gather, you essentially do the same Shred routine for 1 week, then move up to level 2. I wasn’t feeling super challenged yesterday, so I thought I would look at level 2 today. That sounded much better in my mind before I woke with sore abs and shoulders! I decided to do level 2 anyway. It was more challenging, but mostly from those blasted squat thrusts. I HATE those! I do not know how I managed those when I was young and in basketball camp.

Day 3 – I did level 1 again. I just don’t love Jillian is my issue, I think. I don’t know what it is. I like the routine well enough, but she annoys me. Maybe I am just a Denise Austin girl at heart.

Being that girl, I decided to search for videos I like by her on Netflix, Amazon and You Tube. One of my favorite yoga programs is! So this afternoon, somehow in the middle of the playroom and 2 playing kiddos, I did 20 minutes of yoga. Yes, it seems slightly counter-intuitive, but it worked. My sore muscles from the Shred loved the stretches and poses. I think I will try to hit the yoga up a every few days to keep limber.

In discussion with a friend later, I also got the great idea to mute Ms. Jillian and listen to something I like! We will be testing that out tomorrow morning. Sorry JM, you just aren’t my style.

PS. After I had written day 1, a friend contacted me to join her FB group. They are starting the Shred on Sept 1. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with others in the process. And yes, I took measurements and photos. You can't have those just yet :)

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